Air Fryer Salmon

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A simple recipe for air fryer salmon that results in perfectly flaky and tender salmon fillets. It’s healthy, flavorful and ready in under 15 minutes.

Since purchasing an air fryer (this is the one we have) Isaac and I have become addicted. We absolutely love it and I’m kind of upset we put it off for so long, haha! And this whole week I’m sharing some of our go-to air fryer recipes.

Today is all about a simple recipe that will give you a perfectly cooked salmon filet in the air fryer. It has a simple blend of fresh garlic, paprika, salt and pepper as the seasoning, yet it’s super flavorful, flaky and delicious. Plus, it’s super quick… you’ll be eating in 15 minutes from start to finish! It’s perfect for meal prep or busy nights when you need dinner on the table fast.

Overhead photo of a plate with filet of air fryer salmon served with leafy greens and lemon slices.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s the perfect recipe for those busy weeknights. 6 ingredients, 15 minutes, and you’re ready to enjoy!
  • Your salmon filets will be perfectly cooked. No dry or undercooked salmon here.
  • Air fryer salmon is perfect for meal prep. I love making a couple filets for salads throughout the week.
Ingredients measured out to make air fryer salmon: salmon, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon and paprika.

Here’s What You Need

  • salmon filets – you’ll want two 6 oz evenly sized filets of salmon with the skin on. I recommend getting individual filets from your grocer but don’t be afraid of frozen filets, either! Flash frozen fish can be just as healthy. Just make sure the salmon is thawed if you are using frozen filets.
  • olive oil – this will coat your salmon, keep things moist and help the seasoning and spices to stick to the salmon.
  • garlic – you’ll need one minced clove of garlic. If you don’t have any on hand you can use garlic powder, I’d use about 1/4 teaspoon to equal one clove.
  • seasonings – sea salt and pepper to taste. Paprika is optional, but adds nice flavor!
  • lemon – a slice of lemon for serving elevates this simple salmon dish.
Side by side photos of salmon in an air fryer basket, before and after being cooked.

How to Make Air Fryer Salmon

Start by rubbing the olive oil, minced garlic, paprika (if using), salt and pepper on the flesh of each salmon filet.

Preheat your air fryer if necessary. When it’s ready, place the salmon filets skin side down in your air fryer basket and cook at 390ºF for 10-12 minutes.

You’ll know the salmon is done with the flesh flakes off easily with a fork. Remove the salmon from your air fryer and let it rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

tip! 
Your cook time will vary depending on the size of your salmon filets. Two 6 oz filets should take between 10-12 minutes. You'll know your salmon is done when it easily flakes off with a fork. 
A closeup of air fryer salmon in an air fryer basket.

Recipe Variations

  • Cayenne – add some spice with a little cayenne pepper! I’d start with a pinch.
  • Fresh herbs – sprinkle with some chopped fresh herbs when you take the salmon out of the air fryer. Chopped fresh parsley or dill would be delicious.
  • Tahini – whip up my citrus tahini dressing and drizzle it on top!
  • Soy sauce or tamari – drizzle on soy sauce or tamari before cooking for an added umami flavor.
  • Blackened seasoning – I love blackened salmon and you can easily switch things up and cook my blackened salmon recipe in the air fryer.

Air Fryer FAQ

Do I need to preheat my air fryer?

That depends on your air fryer! Some recommend preheating and others do not require it. Check your owners’ manual to see what they recommend. If you don’t have a preheat setting, just set your air fryer to the required temperature about 3 minutes before adding your food.

Do you have to flip salmon in air fryer?

No, there is no need to flip salmon when cooking it in the air fryer. Simply place salmon filets skin side down in air fryer and cook on 390°F for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through.

How long does it take to cook salmon in the air fryer?

It takes about 10-12 minutes at 390°F to cook salmon. Although the time may vary depending on the size of your salmon filets.

Why is my food mushy instead of crispy, what went wrong?

You could be overcrowding your basket! You’ll want to make sure you don’t overcrowd the air fryer or your food will not get crispy. Depending on the size of your air fryer you may need to cook in batches.

Overhead photo of a plate with filet of air fryer salmon served with leafy greens and lemon slices.

How to Serve Air Fryer Salmon

There are so many ways you can use this air fryer salmon! Whether you keep it simple with a side of veggies and rice like I usually do, or incorporate it into other recipes, you won’t be disappointed. Here are some ideas to inspire you!

A piece of air fryed salmon on a plate served with leafy greens and lemon slices. A fork is pulling the salmon apart.

How to Store and Meal Prep

This air fryer salmon is perfect for meal prep! Just prepare and cook the air fryer salmon as directed below, then let it cool slightly before storing it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You’ll have perfectly cooked and delicious salmon to eat any night (or day!) of the week.

To reheat, add salmon to a skillet over medium low heat until heated throughout

Looking For More Air Fryer Recipes?

Be sure to check out all of the popular salmon recipes and the full collection of the air fryer recipes here on EBF!

Air Fryer Salmon

3 from 34 votes
A simple recipe for air fryer salmon that results in perfectly flaky and tender salmon fillets. It's healthy, flavorful and ready in under 15 minutes.
Overhead photo of a plate with filet of air fryer salmon served with leafy greens and lemon slices.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 2 6 oz salmon filets
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon paprika, optional
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 slices of lemon, for serving

Instructions
 

  • Rub oil, minced garlic, paprika (if using) salt and pepper on on the flesh of each salmon fillet.
    Two seasoned salmon filets on a piece of parchment paper on top of a plate.
  • Preheat air fryer if required. Spray air fryer with non-aerosol cooking spray, if desired. Place salmon filets skin side down in air fryer and cook on 390°F for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through. Cook time will vary depending on the size of your salmon filets.
    Two seasoned salmon filets in an air fryer basket.
  • Once cooked and salmon easily flakes off with a fork, remove salmon from the air fryer and let rest for about 5 minutes.
    Two air fried filets of salmon in an air fryer basket.
  • Serve salmon with slice of lemon and sides of choice.

Equipment

Nutrition

Serving: 1filet Calories: 304kcal Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 48g Fat: 11g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Sodium: 456mg Potassium: 13mg
Course: Fish & Seafood
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer salmon

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    10 comments
    1. Ronald M. Williams
      March 13, 2022 AT 11:02 pm

      Your salmon looks much better than the way mine comes out, how are you cooking it? It looks really really good.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 14, 2022 AT 9:41 am

        Oh no! Sorry to hear that, Ronald. Are you changing anything about the recipe? I make it exactly how I share in the recipe!

    2. imsen
      February 8, 2022 AT 11:05 am

      5 stars
      Great food with less effort…just how cooking should be! Absolutely loved this recipe and will definitely be making again! Also really loved the aluminum foil tip.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 9, 2022 AT 8:51 am

        Yay! I’m so glad this recipe worked out for you, Imsen! Thanks for coming back to leave a review and star rating! I appreciate it so much.

    3. Andrea
      December 30, 2021 AT 9:55 pm

      5 stars
      Amazing!! What a great “short cut” came out just perfect! Thank you!!

    4. Andrea Plamondon
      December 27, 2021 AT 3:55 pm

      Thank you so much for your wonderful recipes!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 29, 2021 AT 5:48 pm

        So glad you’re enjoying them, Andrea!!

    5. Janet
      December 27, 2021 AT 12:01 pm

      I may have to dust off the air fryer this week! I love salmon, but am tired of my go-to recipes. I’ll have to try this out.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 29, 2021 AT 5:49 pm

        Let me know how it turns out, Janet!

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